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Remembering again the Holocaust

Bob Cornwall/Faith in the Public Square

The Holocaust stands out among the most horrific atrocities of human history. The very word conjures images of death in our minds, but six decades after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, those images and stories have begun to fade from our memories. We know that the Holocaust (Shoah in Hebrew) was a Nazi effort to extinguish the lives of those they deemed undesirable, but we give this little thought as we live our daily lives.

Although there were many others, including Gypsies and the mentally disabled that faced the Nazi’s genocidal mania, it was the Jews who bore the brunt of this horror. By most counts, 6 million Jews died between 1938 and 1945, with more than a million dying in the Nazi gas chambers.